While talking to people about cycling in Hull we have been finding out about the history of cycle campaigning in the city, so I thought I’d write a short post about the Hull Cycle Campaign. Some of the things the Campaign did are now done under other banners, but the late 1990s seemed to be a particularly busy time in Hull for cycle campaigning.
In 1994, people involved in the city’s Environment Forum and coming from a variety of groups (including Hull and East Riding CTC, and Hull Friends of the Earth) formed what became the Hull Cycle Campaign. One of the group’s first activities was to distribute a questionnaire to raise awareness of cycling in Hull and cyclists’ needs. This also helped gain new members for the Campaign.
The Campaign carried out a range of lobbying activities, including local petitions, and was involved in cycling-related protests of the 1990s (including one held on Spring Bank after the death of a university student while cycling). It commented on transport schemes and new developments in Hull and the surrounding area, and there was a regular cycle liaison group that enabled this. Meeting at the One Stop Environment Shop, the Hull Cycle Campaign held stalls in the Princes Dock Shopping Centre and at events such as the Rainbow Fair, which during the 1990s was held in East Park. A newsletter (Cycleology) was distributed to members, around the city, and on the Internet (for archived copies from the late 1990s see here).
We think that the Campaign continued until around 2000. Were you involved – if so why not tell us about it?